Post Tagged with: "Farm Reform Laws"

Government, Farmers’ Movement and the Quest for  Just, Healthy, Sustainable Food and Farming System

Government, Farmers’ Movement and the Quest for  Just, Healthy, Sustainable Food and Farming System

Farming in India has been increasingly discussed at world-level in the context of the on-going farmers’ movement in India. India has a special position as a leading country where nearly two-thirds of the population still lives in rural areas. Therefore whatever policy options it adopts in the context of farming are considered very important at world level. Hence it is[Read More…]

by March 5, 2021 India
A View of Workers Farmers Rally on Feb 23 at Barnala

 An Abnormal “Farmers” Movement Celebrates 100th Day

March 5, 2021 marks the 100th Day of the sit-in of more than half a million farmers and workers and it is indeed an unthinkable affair compared to farmers’ movements that happened in the recent past. It will not be irrelevant if we probe a little bit of history to understand its uniqueness. In the past, we have seen bigger[Read More…]

by March 5, 2021 India
Hands Against Racism campaign team sends a message of solidarity with Indian farmers

Hands Against Racism campaign team sends a message of solidarity with Indian farmers

A collage of green handprints added a new dimension to an anti-racism initiative launched by Burnaby-based Spice Radio this week. The broadcasters and other team members at the station, came together to raise their voices for Indian farmers in a unique way. They not only left their handprints in green on a white sheet, but also scribbled their greetings to[Read More…]

by March 5, 2021 India
Recent Amazon Revelations: What do they tell us about the ongoing farm protests?

Recent Amazon Revelations: What do they tell us about the ongoing farm protests?

Amid the continuing farm protests, with the farmers completing almost three months camping at the borders of Delhi, the international news agency Reuters published a report based on multiple internal documents of Amazon regarding its India operations over the last few years.[2] Amazon is a global e-commerce giant, and it has already achieved close to $10 billion annual sales (value of[Read More…]

by March 4, 2021 India
 Repeal; ReRight; ReConstitute; Peoples Republic of India

 Repeal; ReRight; ReConstitute; Peoples Republic of India

We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable-but then, so did the divine right of kings.  Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Ursula K. Le Guin Despite narratives of inferiority imposed by the dominant elites the peasant farmers are creating lasting landscapes of resistance, arising from a new consciousness leading to a re-opening of History.[Read More…]

by March 4, 2021 India
100 Days of Farmers Movement and its Lessons

100 Days of Farmers Movement and its Lessons

Freedom fighter and martyr, Bhagat Singh who inspired and continues to inspire millions of Indians to fight for a democratic, secular, egalitarian Indian society and polity had declared, “Freedom is not when the rule is taken over from the white man to brown man. This is only transfer of power. Real freedom is when the person who works on land[Read More…]

by March 3, 2021 India
An Agenda for Food and Farming Based on Dominance and High Profits for a Few Has Powerful Promoters

An Agenda for Food and Farming Based on Dominance and High Profits for a Few Has Powerful Promoters

In India there has been much discussion in recent times of the dangers of increasing corporatization of farming and food sectors. This is welcome, as there needs to be increasing public awareness of this harmful and high risk trend. In the course of this discussion the name of two billionaires  has been increasingly taken to such an extent that has[Read More…]

by February 26, 2021 India
With Help and Understanding, Farmers Can Save Themselves and Also Save the World

With Help and Understanding, Farmers Can Save Themselves and Also Save the World

From many parts of world there have been disturbing reports of not only increasing distress of farmers but also small and medium farmers being pushed towards loss of land and livelihood. At the same time that their numbers are increasing, the livelihood problems of rural landless people  are increasing in many contexts, worsening further in Covid times. A huge question[Read More…]

by February 26, 2021 India
Farmers, Workers Unity In Barnala Rally

Farmers, Workers Unity In Barnala Rally

Conference in Barnala in Punjab on February 21st exhibits revolutionary intensity at it s pinnacle in confronting the tide of neo-fascism with record participation  History was literally made at Barnala grain market in Punjab on February 21st in a conference staged jointly by the Bharatiya Kisan Union(Ugrahan)) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, protesting the Agricultural bills or black laws.[Read More…]

by February 24, 2021 India
Emerging Unity of Farmers and Workers A Sign of Hope in India’s Difficult Times

Emerging Unity of Farmers and Workers A Sign of Hope in India’s Difficult Times

Written by Bharat Dogra and Jagmohan Singh It is very good that the farmers’ movement has given a call for observing  February 27 as Day of Unity of Farmers and Workers. On this day the nation is observing Sant Ravidas Jayanti. Along with other saints of the Bhakti and Sufi movements Sant Ravidas  stood for devotion and spirituality which contributes[Read More…]

by February 24, 2021 India
The Farmers’ Movement Should  Pioneer New Pathways of Mobilizing People for Longer Periods

The Farmers’ Movement Should  Pioneer New Pathways of Mobilizing People for Longer Periods

Although the on-going farmers’ movement has faced much repression and victimization and the participants have endured many hardships – at one stage even essential water and sanitation services were disrupted—it has been exceptionally fortunate in one other respect. This is in terms of obtaining the deep affection , support and emotional connect of a very large number of people. The[Read More…]

by February 21, 2021 India
US farmers, food justice advocates throw their weight behind India’s protesting farmers

US farmers, food justice advocates throw their weight behind India’s protesting farmers

Food justice advocates and many US farmers on Wednesday issued a statement expressing solidarity with the farmers on protest at the borders of India’s national capital for over two and a half months. The unjust farm laws will increase the stranglehold of agribusiness on the food system, the statement said, adding that the three new Central laws were passed in[Read More…]

by February 18, 2021 India
The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform

The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform

In September 2021 the UN will hold a Food Systems Summit. The aim will be to reshape world agriculture and food production in the context of the Malthusian UN Agenda 2030 “sustainable agriculture” goals. The recent radical farm laws from the government of Narenda Modi in India are part of the same global agenda, and it’s all not good. In[Read More…]

by February 17, 2021 India
Why Resolving the Farming Crisis in India is Both Very Urgent and Very Difficult

Why Resolving the Farming Crisis in India is Both Very Urgent and Very Difficult

In the recent negotiations of the farmers movement with the government  spread over several rounds, the non-acceptance of the farmers’ demand for the repeal of the three controversial farm laws was presented as the most important reason for not reaching an agreement, while the truth is that this should be an easy demand  to accept by any sympathetic government. Acceptance[Read More…]

by February 17, 2021 India
Farmers continue to burn flame of Resistance against Neo-Fascism

Farmers continue to burn flame of Resistance against Neo-Fascism

With the expansion of the movement through consolidation of democratic forces from other states to support the Peasant agitation the movement is on the verge of creating the impact of an inferno. The Punjabi peasantry have inspired the famers of other states, particularly Uttar  Pradesh and Haryana to join the ranks of the movement. We must salute the peasantry for[Read More…]

by February 13, 2021 India
Grain Scam in Punjab, by farmers… a  message being circulated in social media. Is it true?

Grain Scam in Punjab, by farmers… a  message being circulated in social media. Is it true?

FCI storage yards with wheat bought at MSP, scene across Punjab and Haryana. Water  is sprinkled on wheat bags to let the grain rot, and is thrown out as waste. Sold to distilleries by “ 5-star farmers and their agents” now agitating on Delhi border. Rs 6000 to  7000 cr per year involved. Going on for 45 years. So the[Read More…]

by February 12, 2021 India
The Peaceful Path Ahead for the Farmers’ Movement—Increasing Internal Strength While Reaching Out Widely

The Peaceful Path Ahead for the Farmers’ Movement—Increasing Internal Strength While Reaching Out Widely

It appears now that an early agreement with the government is not likely and so the farmers’ movement has to prepare for the long haul. The popular farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has said that the sit-in or dharna can continue up to October this year, and he as well as others have said that this will continue till the three[Read More…]

by February 10, 2021 India
Release Nodeep Kaur

Release Nodeep Kaur

The Kisan Andolan has brought many new faces, young and dynamic activists full of ideological commitments as well as active on the ground which is a positive sign. When the movement started, many people asked me the question about the agricultural workers, Dalit, Adivasis. I was very clear that farmers have now realised that corporate culture is anti-farmer which is[Read More…]

by February 9, 2021 Human Rights
Responsibility Of The Celebrities

Responsibility Of The Celebrities

India, since 2014, has been witnessing sharp polarization between people who support the government and people who adhere by the values that define this nation. Unfortunately, majority of the celebrities with millions of followers on social media accounts support the government blindly, disregarding the social conditions, the plight of the ordinary citizen and the democratic value system which sustains this[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 India
The Kisans Are Right: Their Land Is at Stake (Part 3 of 3)

The Kisans Are Right: Their Land Is at Stake (Part 3 of 3)

In the previous two parts (I & II) of this article, we saw how (1) the Government is trying to ram through a conclusive determination of property rights in agricultural land throughout the country. This is being done explicitly in order to develop a “vibrant land market”, i.e., in order to facilitate transfers of land; (2) for the last 20[Read More…]

On laws, lawlessness and Satyagraha

On laws, lawlessness and Satyagraha

Mahatma Gandhi fought the British and their sedition case, invented Satyagraha (righteous indignation) and laid down his life for communal unity. He might have never imagined that the British weapon of sedition law would be used against Satyagrahis in Independent India. He strongly opposed bad laws and awakened the nation saying non-cooperation with evil is equal to cooperation with good.[Read More…]

by February 7, 2021 India
Not just Rihanna or Greta, Indian farmers are inspiring the world

Not just Rihanna or Greta, Indian farmers are inspiring the world

Rihanna, Susan Sarandon, Greta Thunberg, John Cusack – the list of well-known celebrities endorsing the struggle of Indian farmers against the country’s new corporate-authored farm laws is growing by the day. What started out as a domestic fight by thousands of Indian farmers to preserve their livelihood and way of life is rapidly morphing into a global cause. And the[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
Farmers’ Protest in India – Price of Failure Will Be immense

Farmers’ Protest in India – Price of Failure Will Be immense

Globally, there is an ongoing trend of a handful of big companies determining what food is grown, how it is grown, what is in it and who sells it. This model involves highly processed food adulterated with chemical inputs ending up in large near-monopoly supermarket chains or fast-food outlets that rely on industrial-scale farming. While the brands lining the shelves[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
Farmers’ Movement: Time to Introspect

Farmers’ Movement: Time to Introspect

Two achievements of the ongoing peasant movement in opposition to the three agricultural laws which have transformed this movement into nothing sort of exemplary are: carving out a space for democratic resistance; and expanding awareness of the ill effects of capitalism pushed through policies of privatization-corporatization. These two achievements of the peasant movement contain special significance in view of the[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
Rejecting and Reinventing Indian Republic

Rejecting and Reinventing Indian Republic

  “They may kill me but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body but they will not be able to crush my spirit”. These statements of Shaheed Bhagat Singh still echoes in the minds, hearts, ideas and soil of India. Though the colonisers killed him and finished his body, but the spirit of Shaheed Bhagat Singh continues[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
Farmers Are Tillers, Not Killers

Farmers Are Tillers, Not Killers

Kangana Ranaut again and again is attacking the Indian farmers as terrorists. She has done that in response to the world famous pop singer Rihanna and famous environmentalist girl Greta’s support to farmers movement. Sachin Tendulkar and other pro-BJP forces also joined the chorus. Most of these forces are pro-monopoly houses and hardly have any engagement with the agrarian production.[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
Are The Farmers Making Delhi Irrelevant?

Are The Farmers Making Delhi Irrelevant?

The irony of this is lost on a government drowning in its testesterone: with every nail studded barricade installed at Tikri, Ghazipur or Singhu, Delhi is making itself progressively redundant to the ongoing course of events, and perhaps even to the future shape of things in India. A subterranean tsunami is slowly building in the country and the power elite,[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
The political impact of Kisan Andolan

The political impact of Kisan Andolan

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait’s tears has changed the dynamics of not merely farmers movement but politics particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Till January 26th, it was clear that the protesting farmers were largely from Punjab and those in power with their daily calculators at hand were visualising for a political profiteering from the prolonged movement. They had[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
India: Whose sovereignty is it anyway?

India: Whose sovereignty is it anyway?

The questions of national sovereignty are dominating debates in Indian politics today. The Indian media has become the voice of the BJP government led by Mr Narendra Modi. The government and media derides anyone as anti-national if one question’s the government of the day. The students, youths, religious minorities, Dalits, tribals, Kashmiris, human rights activists, lawyers, rationalists, writers, journalists, comedians,[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
Reflections on the farmers movement

Reflections on the farmers movement

Identity politics cannot subsume real politics. Hindutva built on Hindu identity cannot stop emergence of a challenge built on solidarity of the oppressed classes. Mandir Masjid can polarize and keep the people divided in the name of Hindu Muslim. But the challenge can come from somewhere else (Sikhs), though not on the basis of identity. Challenge can come from anywhere[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 India
The Kisans Are Right. Their Land Is At Stake (Part 2 of 3)

The Kisans Are Right. Their Land Is At Stake (Part 2 of 3)

In the previous part of this article we saw that the Indian rulers are actively preparing the legal groundwork for parting peasants from their land. In the following part we place this in an international context. The world economy is witnessing an intensifying drive by international investors to get control of land, including agricultural land, in the Third World. Why[Read More…]

Rural vs Urban Population in India

Rural vs Urban Population in India

The Farmers’ Protest Movement has brought into sharp focus that India consists of two countries. One is the mighty sprawling urban India where all of us fortunate live spoilt by consumerism and wanting more and more at the cost of others. The other is the weak scattered rural population who are waiting still since 1947 independence to survive poverty, hunger,[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 India
Why the Nation—and Yes Even the Government—Should Take Pride in the Resilience and Unity of the Farmers’ Movement

Why the Nation—and Yes Even the Government—Should Take Pride in the Resilience and Unity of the Farmers’ Movement

What has happened in the context of the farmers’ movement in India in recent days has brought joy and pride to its increasing number of supporters. A movement that can spring back to a position of such great and increasing support and strength within just a few days—less than a week—of terrible victimization tactics surely deserves congratulations and praise for[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 India
Modi’s Farm Produce Act Was Authored Thirty Years Ago, in Washington D.C.

Modi’s Farm Produce Act Was Authored Thirty Years Ago, in Washington D.C.

On December 18, addressing a Kisan Sammelan (farmer conference) in Madhya Pradesh by video conferencing, Narendra Modi declared: We are compelled to do things which should have been done 25-30 years ago…. The new laws that have been made for the farmers are in the news for some time now. These agricultural reforms have not come about overnight. Every government of[Read More…]

Canada should strip Akshay Kumar of his citizenship in the wake of his stand against Rihanna

Canada should strip Akshay Kumar of his citizenship in the wake of his stand against Rihanna

The Bollywood actor’s support to India Against Propaganda campaign demands prompt action from the federal government. The # campaign is in response to the Barbadian pop star’s tweet in support of agitating farmers of India. Thousands of farmers are protesting near New Delhi, the Indian capital, against controversial farming laws that favour corporate control over the agro industry, threatening the[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 India
Everything false is not fake: What’s the difference?

Everything false is not fake: What’s the difference?

As fake news becomes a propaganda tool, there is also great outrage about everything that is not true. I want to share a recent experience on a Whatsapp group meant solely for journalists, which set me thinking about the difference between false and fake. I shared a video that I had received on another group, of two women being crushed[Read More…]

by February 3, 2021 India
Gandhi Remembered: Falsehood about Non-violence- Part 3

Gandhi Remembered: Falsehood about Non-violence- Part 3

MK Gandhi was remembered across the board, on his death anniversary, January 30, but amid a flood of lies and half-truths in the Big Media, and clouding up truth about what happened in broad daylight on January 26, in capital Delhi. Gandhi is linked with Truth and non-violence, cited as basic tenets of his life and work. But the day[Read More…]

by February 3, 2021 India
The Kisans Are Right. Their Land Is At Stake (Part 1 of 3)

The Kisans Are Right. Their Land Is At Stake (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 The protesting kisans on the borders of Delhi repeat one thing over and over: When fighting against the three farm-related Acts, they are fighting to save their land. “See, they want to capture our land.  Adani, Ambani, corporate houses…” says one young protester. Though wheelchair-bound, he has come from Punjab to take part in the Delhi protest. An older kisan,[Read More…]

Farmers Not To Hold Talks Until The Harassment Stopped

Farmers Not To Hold Talks Until The Harassment Stopped

Samyukta Kisan Morcha Press Note 69th day, 1st February 2021 (being released on 2nd Feb morning) Samyukta Kisan Morcha meeting was held today, which was chaired by Shri Balbir Singh Rajewal. SKM decided that there can be no formal talks with the government until police and administration harassment of different kinds against the farmers’ movement is immediately stopped. It noted[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 India
Distant Neighbors—The PMO should reach out directly to farmers with a truly open mind

Distant Neighbors—The PMO should reach out directly to farmers with a truly open mind

On January 30 the Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi told floor leaders of various political parties that  the union government’s offer on three farm laws made to protesting farmers still stands and it was only a phone call away for talks. Informing about this meeting the Parliament Affairs Minister Sh.  Prahlad Joshi said, “ The Prime Minister assured that the[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 India
Release Mandeep Punia

Release Mandeep Punia

The arrest of Mandeep Punia, a young independent journalist from the farmer protest site in Delhi is a reminder how Indian state is afraid of independent information. It is surprising that when the ‘powerful’ media houses have completely surrendered and have become merely hate mongers and fixing up their prime time shows to humiliate and castigate the opponents of the[Read More…]

by February 1, 2021 India
Release the journalist Mandeep Punia

Release the journalist Mandeep Punia

Janhastakshep takes strong note of and unequivocally condemns the fascist state crackdown on farmers and the journalists factually reporting the movement and the state action. Two independent journalists, Mandeep Punia and Dharmender Singh were detained by Delhi Police near Singhu border late night on 30th Jan, 2021. Punia is associated with Junputh and The Caravan while Singh works for Online[Read More…]

by February 1, 2021 India
Why MSP is Not Just A Budget Issue!

Why MSP is Not Just A Budget Issue!

The issue of minimum support price or MSP for various crops grown by farmers has seldom attracted the kind of intense debate as has taken place in recent times, due to the ongoing farmers’ movement. There is wide agreement that government should provide  MSP based purchase for various crops, as this helps to ensure and stabilize a fair price for[Read More…]

by January 31, 2021 India
Wider Meanings of Indian Farmers Movements to Reclaim the Republic and Beyond

Wider Meanings of Indian Farmers Movements to Reclaim the Republic and Beyond

In the darkness of nights, the Hindutva fascists and their trained henchmen are trying to attack farmer’s protests and provoke violence with the help of police. The objective of the BJP government is to discredit the peaceful and democratic movements of the Indian farmers. All slanderous campaign by the ruling classes against farmers movements have failed. But the days of[Read More…]

by January 31, 2021 India
Viral Inequality and the Farmers’ Struggle in India  

Viral Inequality and the Farmers’ Struggle in India  

According to a new report by Oxfam, ‘The Inequality Virus’, the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by $3.9tn (trillion) between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth now stands at $11.95tn. The world’s 10 richest billionaires have collectively seen their wealth increase by $540bn over this period. In September 2020, Jeff Bezos could have paid all 876,000[Read More…]

by January 31, 2021 India
Voices Which Help to Understand Critical Phase of the Farmers’ Movement

Voices Which Help to Understand Critical Phase of the Farmers’ Movement

There has been a lot of interest in the farmers’ movement and many people in distant parts of the India, and even outside India, feel a strong emotional connect with the movement. Recently this movement has been passing through a critical phase . It is useful to see what some well-informed persons in important positions have said in this context.[Read More…]

by January 31, 2021 India
The unraveling of a script in two parts and writing a new Script

The unraveling of a script in two parts and writing a new Script

Written by Amit Bhaduri and Chaman Lal The script of collaboration is in two parts. The first part was written long ago when the once revolutionary Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was released after long years from prison in the Andamans. He collaborated with the British as he had promised in several petitions for mercy he had written to the British authorities[Read More…]

by January 31, 2021 India
Admiral Ramdas Writes Open Letter To The President Of India: Break The Terrible Divide Between Kisans, Jawans And Our People

Admiral Ramdas Writes Open Letter To The President Of India: Break The Terrible Divide Between Kisans, Jawans And Our People

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF INDIA Shri Ramnath Kovind President of India and Supreme Commander Rashtrapathi Bhavan New Delhi 110001                                        Dear President and Supreme Commander, Shri Kovind ji, I am writing to you, as my Supreme Commander, to inform you that I am deeply concerned and saddened by the turn of[Read More…]

by January 30, 2021 India
False Cases Are Slapped On Farmers’ Leaders

False Cases Are Slapped On Farmers’ Leaders

CDRO strongly condemns the continuing targeting and intimidation of the farmers’ protests/ foisting false cases against farmers’ leaders and arrest of protesting farmers 26th January 2021 will go down in history as a landmark day in the history of independent India. It is not yet another Republic Day because farmers decided to celebrate the adoption of the Constitution of India[Read More…]

It’s Facebook versus India’s Farmers

It’s Facebook versus India’s Farmers

The tug-of-war between Indian farmers and government over new laws facilitating corporate takeover of the country’s agriculture is getting uglier by the hour and likely to get quite bloody too. And when the blood does flow, it will not only be the hands of Indian corporates that will be drenched in red but also those of global investors backing them.[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 Editor's Picks, India
In A Democracy What Should be the Ideal Response of Government to Peaceful Protest Movements?

In A Democracy What Should be the Ideal Response of Government to Peaceful Protest Movements?

Peaceful protest movements by various sections of people are an essential part of a democracy. A government in a democracy should respond to smaller movements at  an initial stage at a decentralized level so that the issues are tackled at an early stage and there is no need for protests to become too big and overwhelming. Systems should be in[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 India
Understand the chronology

Understand the chronology

Attempt to vilify and intimidate the farmers movement will fail. The modus operandi of those guiding the north block is amply known to all who have followed their actions since 2002. First try to intimidate a protest followed by efforts to prolong it deliberately, then create disturbance among them by infiltrating anti social elements in these movements. The shameless loudspeakers[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 India
The Government Attitude Towards  Farmers’ Movement Needs Basic Change

The Government Attitude Towards  Farmers’ Movement Needs Basic Change

There are several indicators of a hardening attitude of the government towards the farmers’ movement. Therefore it needs to be emphasized at this juncture that a policy of repression will be very harmful for the nation and those who are committed to peace, democracy and justice within and outside government should do all they can to prevent this. There is[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 India
Government Efforts To Sabotage Farmers Movement Condemned

Government Efforts To Sabotage Farmers Movement Condemned

Samyukta Kisan Morcha has released a Press Statement late night on 28th January, after observing the latest actions by Modi and Yogi Government at Ghazipur Border. The Statement has been produced here in full: Samyukt Kisan Morcha condemns the action by Uttar Pradesh police in cutting off basic facilities for the protesting farmers at Ghazipur Border and its attempts to[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 India
Is This The Chauri-Chaura Moment In The Farmers’ Satayagraha?

Is This The Chauri-Chaura Moment In The Farmers’ Satayagraha?

On 1 August 1920,  Asahyog Andolan or a Non-cooperation Movement, the first of the three major Satyagrah in the course of the country’s freedom movement, was launched by the Indian National Congress under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. As part of this, the people would stop cooperating in the functioning of the government – give up their government jobs, titles[Read More…]

by January 28, 2021 India
Negotiating Peaceful Farmer Leaders Should Not Be Blamed For Violence

Negotiating Peaceful Farmer Leaders Should Not Be Blamed For Violence

Nearly 40 leaders of unions of farmers have been negotiating with the government regarding important demands of farmers for over 8 weeks. In the course of negotiations the representatives of the government including the Agriculture Minister have expressed their appreciation of the disciplined and peaceful nature of the protest. Others in the national and international media also appreciated this. The [Read More…]

by January 28, 2021 India
Hindutva Conspiracy Against Historic Farmers’ Struggle Foiled

Hindutva Conspiracy Against Historic Farmers’ Struggle Foiled

The Hindutva stooge,  Deep Sidhu with his real Masters. He is the culprit who tried to derail the historic farmers struggle by putting up a religious flag at Red Fort on January 26, with no Delhi police which works under the Indian home minister Amit Shah, a senior RSS cadre who is often described ‘Iron Man’ by the Hindutva gang[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 India
Conspiracy of BJP Government in Delhi

Conspiracy of BJP Government in Delhi

Conspiracy of  neo-fascist state to give an anti-national tilt to one of India’s most genuine revolutionary democratic agitations of all time in Delhi on Republic day  Tragically a historic peaceful march in the Capital of over 20 lakh peasants has been foisted as  a conspiracy against the nation. By the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.The sinister act of hoisting the Sikh[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 India
Attempt to vilify the farmers Protests will not create a healthy atmosphere for negotiations

Attempt to vilify the farmers Protests will not create a healthy atmosphere for negotiations

The tractor rally on Republic Day in Delhi allegedly turned violent at several places as the protesters clashed with the police and tried to remove the barricade but these incidents could be termed as stray as given the nature of it things could have gone out of control. Ofcourse, the attempt to run through a tractor trolley in and around[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 India
‘Republic’ at Delhi’s borders: the making of a new collective

‘Republic’ at Delhi’s borders: the making of a new collective

Since the time of Pandemic led lockdown different sectors of Indian economy were experiencing the heat and stress. Particularly significant is the case of agriculture. Agriculture constitutes a very important aspect of people’s social and economic life and not merely of the farmers and traders. Annual growth rate of agriculture in real terms has been constantly low in past several[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 India
Farmers Breach Red Fort; One Farmer Dead

Farmers Breach Red Fort; One Farmer Dead

India’s historic farmers’ tractor parade breached police barriers and briefly took control of the historic Red Fort. The agitating farmers climbed on a pole and foisted a flag sacred to Sikh religion. There were violent clashes between farmers and the police. One farmer died in the commotion in ITO. Police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to[Read More…]

by January 26, 2021 India
Kisan Sansad Makes Important Contribution to Better Understanding of Farmers’ Movement

Kisan Sansad Makes Important Contribution to Better Understanding of Farmers’ Movement

At a time when the farmers’ movement is in the middle of a courageous and much needed struggle for preventing the farming and food movement from falling further into the stranglehold of big business interests, it is of great importance that many leading social activists and public-spirited intellectuals got together to organize a kisan sansad ( farmers’ parliament ) with[Read More…]

by January 26, 2021 India
Impressions from the Farmers’ Protest- Will It Last?

Impressions from the Farmers’ Protest- Will It Last?

“Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet….” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sang in 1968. I was reminded of this song, the moment I reached Singhu border of Delhi. Although the sounds were not of marching and charging feet, but the song resonated with what I saw. As is common knowledge now, the country is witnessing a mass[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 India
Republic Day May Be Just the Right Time for the Government to Reach Out to Farmers, Minorities and Political Prisoners

Republic Day May Be Just the Right Time for the Government to Reach Out to Farmers, Minorities and Political Prisoners

The Republic Day is the time of the year when feelings of national unity and working together to create a better India are at their highest level among all the citizens of India. This may be just the right time for the Government of India, and more particularly for the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, to reach out to the[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 India
Government, Farm Laws And Farmers: Is it an uneven match?

Government, Farm Laws And Farmers: Is it an uneven match?

The farmers’ peaceful protest demanding repeal of the farm laws began on 26 November 2020, Constitution Day, non-violently overcoming physical and political obstacles, to encamp at the gates of Delhi. The repeal-the-farm-laws “ball” served to government by the farmers, was tossed into the Supreme Court by government. Without hearing pending petitions questioning the constitutional validity of the farm laws, the[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 India
Why can’t Supreme Court hear on this issue?

Why can’t Supreme Court hear on this issue?

January 11 remains a great day in the current history of the Supreme Court when it strongly stood by the agitating farmers. Chief Justice of India Mr Justice Sharad A Bobde was humane, highly reasonable and was in right form in questioning the political executive’s complete failure in dealing with the farmers agitation against its unconstitutional laws. But the interim[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 India
What’s Right vs The Right on 26th January

What’s Right vs The Right on 26th January

The farmers and the Govt’s rallies will run parallel on Republic Day. Which one makes the point? From first being noticed to gathering worldwide recognition to now cruising at a steady momentum the farmer’s protest has been going strong since it emerged from Punjab and Haryana, joined later by the other states of India. Amongst everyone but mainstream news outlets[Read More…]

by January 24, 2021 India
While Repeal of Three Controversial Farm Laws is a Must, A Wider Vision is Also Needed Urgently

While Repeal of Three Controversial Farm Laws is a Must, A Wider Vision is Also Needed Urgently

While the union government inexplicably finds it so difficult to agree to the simple, straightforward and well-justified demand of repeal of three controversial farm laws, social movements as well as public spirited intellectuals have been quickly reaching near consensus on supporting this most emphasized demand of the farmers’ movement. One point of consensus is that these three laws will make[Read More…]

by January 24, 2021 India
The  Sangh Parivar Should Prevail Upon The Government to Change Its Stand on the Three Controversial Farm Laws

The  Sangh Parivar Should Prevail Upon The Government to Change Its Stand on the Three Controversial Farm Laws

Sometimes when a very powerful person in the family has become unreasonably adamant and is not listening to the good advice coming from several sides, then it is the duty of family members  themselves to come forward and convince the powerful member of the family to stop being adamant  and accept the good advice that is coming from many well-intentioned[Read More…]

by January 24, 2021 India
Why politicization is not the bad thing it is made out to be, and the case for politicizing public grievances

Why politicization is not the bad thing it is made out to be, and the case for politicizing public grievances

These days it has become a common invective to denounce particular popular actions as ‘political’ or ‘politicized’ in order to delegitimize them. This is a tactic that has traditionally been employed by all ruling parties in India’s political history, but has become an especially handy tool for the Bharatiya Janta Party and its supporters within the media and public. The[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 India
The Farm Laws will be back-breaking for the agricultural labourers too

The Farm Laws will be back-breaking for the agricultural labourers too

The Three Farm Laws passed by the Central Government will be burdensome for the agricultural labourers, city poor and other marginal sections of the society along with the farmers. Presently, Punjab Government under the Public Distribution System, distributes 420 million, 69 thousand and 500 quintals of wheat on 3.6 million and 57 thousand ration cards, and it covers nearly 14[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 India
The Kisan Andolan and Union Government: Understanding the Impasse

The Kisan Andolan and Union Government: Understanding the Impasse

After several rounds of talks between the representatives of Kisan organisations and a group of ministers the deadlock continues. There is no further progress towards settling the issues/demands raised by the Kisan movement. This Impasse is causing a lot of hardship for the participants in the cold and harsh winter weather. It has already taken life of several farmers, more[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 India
Farmers’ Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture

Farmers’ Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture

With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet but is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. Given that India is still an agrarian-based society, renowned journalist P Sainath says what is taking place can be described as a crisis of civilisation[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 India
Propaganda Against Farmers’ Movement

Propaganda Against Farmers’ Movement

It is a very important part of the quest to create a better and safer world that just as we should know what to adopt, similarly we should know what to avoid. All ideologies based on a mix of inter-faith hostility ( called communalism in India), fundamentalism and sectarianism should be avoided like plague. Whether ideologies based on sectarianism, communalism,[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 India
The Moral Strength Of Struggle And Service

The Moral Strength Of Struggle And Service

Written by Sandeep Pandey, Simran Kaur and Harleen Sandhu The Bhartiya Janata Party and its historical ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh have used religion in manipulating the sentiments of the masses to gain political mileage, strengthening its grassroots presence as well as skyrocketing its electoral mandate. A mosque was demolished a few decades ago to mobilize the Hindu votes in[Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 India
Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too

Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too

The farm laws will lead to the corporatisation of agriculture and its control by foreign agribusiness corporations. Our very food sovereignty and thus the sovereignty of the country itself is at stake. As we write this, lakhs of peasants – men, women, youth and children – are camping at entry points to the country’s capital, demanding the scrapping of the[Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 India
Type, Stereo, Stereotype

Type, Stereo, Stereotype

Devraj Singh Kalsi gives a unique perspective on the Farmer’s Protest in India The nation knows them as truck-drivers, transporters, dhaba-owners (eatery-owners), soldiers, and farmers who made the nation green with revolution (and envy) half a century ago. They perform these jobs so well that nobody in India wants them to do anything else. It would be a waste of time and resources[Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 India
Great Caution is Needed to Prevent Farming Getting Trapped in Unsustainable Systems

Great Caution is Needed to Prevent Farming Getting Trapped in Unsustainable Systems

Governments in many countries grapple with the challenge of retaining the support of farmers who are considered important in electoral politics. At the same time several of these governments work under the impact of powerful business interests. From the narrow point of view of these governments the skill is in somehow managing to keep both business interests and farmers happy.[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 India
Let the farmers lead the movement

Let the farmers lead the movement

1 Each system has its own underlying dynamics which propel it forwards and also aid in its preservation and perpetuation. In India, the advancement of neo-liberalist/finance capitalist system through privatization/corporatization, which is being linked to the phenomenon of neo-imperialism, is also no exception. Since 1991, the neo-liberalist/finance capitalist system has been at the heart of the country’s policies in open[Read More…]

by January 18, 2021 India
Women Farmer Day at Protest Sites Celebrates Important Role and Deeply Emotional Support of Women

Women Farmer Day at Protest Sites Celebrates Important Role and Deeply Emotional Support of Women

Women Farmer Day is being celebrated at leading protest site Kundli as well as some other protest sites of the courageous farmers’ movement today on January 18. A large number of women arrived from several villages of Haryana and Punjab as well as other places on Sunday. They are taking over many duties today and will be participating even more[Read More…]

by January 18, 2021 India
Farmers in protest: Learning from the past and creating history with a real definition of nationalism

Farmers in protest: Learning from the past and creating history with a real definition of nationalism

The following excerpt is taken from Bhagat Singh’s “Letter to Young Political Workers” (The Bhagat Singh Reader, pp. 224-245), written on February 2, 1931: The real revolutionary armies are in the villages and in factories, the peasantry and the labourers. But our bourgeois leaders do not and cannot dare to tackle them. The sleeping lion once awakened from its slumber[Read More…]

by January 18, 2021 India
Why India’s farm laws will never be rolled back

Why India’s farm laws will never be rolled back

In the murky netherworld of the mafia the Godfather is the one who speaks softly, but whose words carry the deadliest intent. On 15 January as yet another round of talks between agitating farmers and the Indian government failed the International Monetary Fund, an institution that heads the Mafiosi of global finance, put out a bland and very measured statement.[Read More…]

by January 17, 2021 India
A Momentous Republic Day: Have farmers gained the initiative?

A Momentous Republic Day: Have farmers gained the initiative?

Stepping back to November 2020, farmers marched peacefully on Delhi on Constitution Day with the aim of reaching Ramlila Maidan to hold a rally objecting to the three new farm laws. Government flexed its muscle military-style to stop them, by digging up the national highway and installing heavy obstacles and razor-wire concertinas. When farmers breached the obstacles, police used tear-gas[Read More…]

by January 17, 2021 India
Illustration by DOMINIC XAVIER, Courtesy : Rediff.com

Farm Acts emasculate protective laws

Parliament, despite its Constituent power under Article 368 to amend the Constitution, cannot legislate on state subjects, even if two-thirds of its members and half of states agree. Leaving agriculture to States is substantive part of federal character which is basic feature of the Constitution. The doctrine of basic structure laid down by Supreme Court in 1973 prevents Parliament to[Read More…]

by January 17, 2021 India
South Asian activists burn copies of unjust Indian laws on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

South Asian activists burn copies of unjust Indian laws on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

On the night of Friday, January 15, the members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) came together to reject controversial Indian laws . To mark the 92nd birth anniversary of the towering US civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr., they burnt copies of the contentious Indian farming law, besides Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the draconian Unlawful[Read More…]

by January 17, 2021 India
Indian Farmers on the Frontline Against Global Capitalism

Indian Farmers on the Frontline Against Global Capitalism

In a short video on the empirediaries.com YouTube channel, a protesting farmer camped near Delhi says that during lockdown and times of crisis farmers are treated like “gods”, but when they ask for their rights, they are smeared and labelled as “terrorists”. He, along with thousands of other farmers, are mobilising against three important pieces of farm legislation that were[Read More…]

by January 16, 2021 India
Admiral Ramdas Appeals The Government To Repeal The Farm Laws

Admiral Ramdas Appeals The Government To Repeal The Farm Laws

I am Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, former Chief of the Naval Staff . I served the country in Uniform for 45 years and came straight to this village from Delhi after retirement. First of all let me begin by offering shraddhanjali to all those who have paid with their lives during these two months of peaceful protests camping in the bitter[Read More…]

by January 16, 2021 India
For Farmers’ Movement, This Time is Ripe for Consolidation, Not Confrontation

For Farmers’ Movement, This Time is Ripe for Consolidation, Not Confrontation

The ninth round of talks between the farmers’ movement and government representatives on January 15 again did not yield any breakthrough, but kept some hopes alive by scheduling a next round of discussions—the tenth one—for January 19. In the meanwhile the farmers’ unions and organizations will be deliberating on the course of actions during the next few days. As they[Read More…]

by January 16, 2021 India
Encroaching Identity

Encroaching Identity

During the hearing of the farmer movement, the Supreme Court expressed concern towards the elderly and women and asked them to withdraw from the movement which is revealing the court patriarchal mentality towards women as well as the movement.  Supreme court is directly trying to disturbed unity and organization of the movement. Chief justice of India said That “We do not[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 Patriarchy
International Support Continues for Protesting Farmers in India

International Support Continues for Protesting Farmers in India

On 5 January, British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to convey to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the “heartfelt anxieties” of MPs’ constituents (many emanating from Punjab) regarding the treatment of protesting farmers in India. The letter was signed by more than 100 MPs and Lords and had cross-party support. Dhesi stated that[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 India
Reason Wounded—Government and Judiciary Miss the Essence of Farmer Protests

Reason Wounded—Government and Judiciary Miss the Essence of Farmer Protests

The stalemate in resolving key issues relating to farmers’ movement continues, even though millions and millions of people in the country want the prolonged stalemate to end on a note of satisfaction for farmers. Although attempts are being made repeatedly to depict the farmers as being unreasonable and obstinate, in fact they have displayed remarkable maturity as well as foresight[Read More…]

by January 13, 2021 India
No time to ‘celebrate’ on Supreme Court’s stay on three farm laws

No time to ‘celebrate’ on Supreme Court’s stay on three farm laws

The Supreme Court has been unusually aggressive with the government on the three farm bills. The Chief Justice of India made tough talking about this and said that he is going to form the ‘expert’ committee and will stay the implementation of the bill. And today, the court decided that a four member panel will speak to the farmers and[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 India
Vigil for dead farmers held outside Indian Visa and Passport application center

Vigil for dead farmers held outside Indian Visa and Passport application center

South Asian activists came together on Sunday, January 10 in Surrey, to remember more than 60 farmers, who have laid down their lives during the ongoing agitation in India. Organized by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the vigil was in protest against the recent deaths of farmers who have been holding a demonstration near New Delhi to press upon[Read More…]

by January 11, 2021 India
A Non-Partisan View of Farmers’ Movement

A Non-Partisan View of Farmers’ Movement

The ongoing farmers’ movement in India has evoked strong feelings on both sides. This has been praised to an awesome extent; on the other hand very unfair criticism has been inflicted  on it repeatedly. It will be useful at this stage to attempt an unbiased appraisal of this movement. Strengths of Movement The most persistent demand of this movement for[Read More…]

by January 11, 2021 India
Delhi peasantry set to make history on Republic day

Delhi peasantry set to make history on Republic day

Tempo building up for spark to turn into a prairie fire on January 26th  tractors March in Delhi  to protest laws representing  neo-fascism of Narandra Modi led BJP A protracted war of resistance is being waged by the peasant organizations on the border of Delhi protesting the three agricultural laws. In the manner of preparing for a great war a[Read More…]

by January 10, 2021 India
Now is the Time to Press for Long-Needed Rural Changes Based on Justice and Protection of Environment

Now is the Time to Press for Long-Needed Rural Changes Based on Justice and Protection of Environment

The ongoing farmers’ movement has led to the coming together of many farmers’ organizations and this unity has been sustained despite several efforts to divide them. As many farmer representatives have stated repeatedly, the mobilization of farmers on Delhi borders would have seen even greater participation from various parts of the country but for the fact that travel conditions in[Read More…]

by January 10, 2021 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Refusal of the Government to Repeal Farm Laws is Proving Very Costly

Disappointing the very large number of people who had high hopes that the stand-off with farmers’ organizations will be resolved soon, the government has not accepted this main demand after even 44 days of peaceful and disciplined protests by farmers at five places on Delhi border. The talks today on January 8 were particularly dismal as the farmer representatives, judging[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 India
Immediate Demands of Farmers’ Movement are Important, but so is a Longer-Term Agenda

Immediate Demands of Farmers’ Movement are Important, but so is a Longer-Term Agenda

Almost all social movements set a lot of emphasis on their immediate demands. These are obviously very important and often the success or otherwise of a movement is almost entirely judged in terms of the realization of these demands. Such a view, although very common, is not entirely correct. The achievements of social movements can also be very important, sometimes[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 India
Growing Distance and Conflict Between Real Needs and Actual Policy in Food and Farming Systems

Growing Distance and Conflict Between Real Needs and Actual Policy in Food and Farming Systems

It is easy to have  very wide agreement on the obvious fact that food and farming sector is one of the most important sectors, perhaps the most important  sector, of human efforts and needs. But while the realization of this importance should lead to very caring and careful attitudes, the realization of the importance is actually being interpreted by very[Read More…]

by January 7, 2021 India
How and Why Farmers Lose Their Land

How and Why Farmers Lose Their Land

In many countries with varying levels of development, a large number of farmers have been losing their land , sometimes to the extent of even losing their status as independent landowning farmers. Various economic, technological, social, political, legal and other factors are involved, and one is hesitant to generalize or oversimplify a complex situation. Nevertheless this much can be stated[Read More…]

by January 6, 2021 India
Take Ecologically Protective Methods to Farmers in Ways Which Benefit Them

Take Ecologically Protective Methods to Farmers in Ways Which Benefit Them

Recently Sant Seechewal, saint and award winning eco-activist of Punjab, visited protesting farmers at Delhi border with the  precious gift of a truckload of healthy food. However the message he brought him was even more precious—he called upon them to shift to natural farming and mutually  cooperative farming in order to find more reliable and sustainable solutions to their problems.[Read More…]

by January 6, 2021 India
Bursting the Myth That Farmer Numbers Must Inevitably Decline in Course of Progress

Bursting the Myth That Farmer Numbers Must Inevitably Decline in Course of Progress

One of the most widely prevalent beliefs of development discourse is that the number and share of farmers and farmer households in total population must inevitably decline in the course of progress. This is based on historical experience as also the fact that technological change and rising productivity make it possible to produce necessary food and raw materials by a[Read More…]

by January 5, 2021 India
To What Extent is the Farmer’s Protest Representative of the Demands of Landless Farmers?

To What Extent is the Farmer’s Protest Representative of the Demands of Landless Farmers?

The category of ‘farmers’ is a hasty one, an entity perceived as homogenous by consumers in urban settings. This erases class, caste, gender and geopolitical differences which exist within the category of ‘farmer’, varying from large scale landholders, moneylenders and middlemen, to small or landless farmers and farm labourers. This is discounting agrarian producers not themselves involved in farming, but[Read More…]

by January 5, 2021 India
Government Should Appreciate the Rationality of the Stand Taken by Farmers on Three Farm Laws

Government Should Appreciate the Rationality of the Stand Taken by Farmers on Three Farm Laws

High hopes reposed in the talks between the representatives of farmers’  organizations and the government on January 4 were not fulfilled and the entire issue got postponed to the next round of talks scheduled for January 8. This is very disappointing. Why is the stalemate persisting? The statements made by both sides after this round may help us to understand[Read More…]

by January 5, 2021 India
Know how media discredits farmer protests to serve big business interests

Know how media discredits farmer protests to serve big business interests

  The last week too, the mainstream media published a large number of articles and opinion pieces, dismissing the farmers’ protests (2020-21). While arguments have been offered in support of the farm laws, the opposition parties have been slammed for indulging in petty politics. From attacking subsidies on agriculture and MSP (Minimum Support Price) to praising the technology, completion and[Read More…]

by January 4, 2021 India
In Democracy Respect For Government Increases If Unpopular Laws Are Taken Back

In Democracy Respect For Government Increases If Unpopular Laws Are Taken Back

As India debates the repeal of three controversial farm laws and critical negotiations for this are scheduled to take place today on January 4, it  needs to be asserted that in democracy when a government take a decision to repeal unpopular laws, its true respect and honor  among people are likely to increase, not decrease. However this is true only[Read More…]

by January 4, 2021 India
Indian Agriculture problems are much deeper

Indian Agriculture problems are much deeper

With fresh bouts of farmer protest gaining momentum, currently the Modi government is riding the high Horse of arrogance and the farmers are equally determined to conduct the ‘Ashwameda,’ the Vedic Yag of horse sacrifice. The current farmers protest is much deeper than the repealing of the three farm laws and fixing MSP prices. The bottom line is that the[Read More…]

by January 4, 2021 India
High Hopes From New Year Farmer Talks  Should Be Fulfilled With A 7-Point Agreement

High Hopes From New Year Farmer Talks  Should Be Fulfilled With A 7-Point Agreement

The last round of talks between farmer and government representatives had ended on a note of partial optimism, with some negotiators from farmers side saying that they expected a  clincher agreement in the next round of talks in the new year on January 4 Monday. Even ministers on the government side voiced expressed high hopes of final agreement, one Minister[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 India
C.R. Park, Delhi: Winter

C.R. Park, Delhi: Winter

A girl walks on her house terrace In the transient sunlight in winter Talking to a bird. On the border, an old peasant in the make-shift camp Shivers in the wind’s chill. A cloud climbs down to cover him with a white blanket.   The light green of the new-born leaves of a lemon tree Asks the breeze to whistle[Read More…]

by January 2, 2021 Arts/Literature
Can 2021  Bring Hope With An Increasing Role of Social Movements in India

Can 2021  Bring Hope With An Increasing Role of Social Movements in India

The last five weeks of 2020 were dominated by a re-assertion of social movements in India. Can the country build further on this strength in the new year 2021? To answer this question we must look first at the overall situation in the country. The foremost concerns of people appear to be economic ones. A very large number of people[Read More…]

by January 1, 2021 India
Settlement on Farm Issues Should Have A Clause Each on Ecologically Protective Agriculture and Landless Farm Workers

Settlement on Farm Issues Should Have A Clause Each on Ecologically Protective Agriculture and Landless Farm Workers

The farmer-government talks on December 30 indicated that some progress on a negotiated settlement is being made. This is good for farming and good for democracy. However even at this advanced stage of negotiations there is no clear reference to two very crucial issues. It will be very useful if at least a reference regarding their importance and a commitment[Read More…]

by December 31, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Make Victorious the Historic Farmers’ Struggle!

An appeal of Progressive Organization of People (POP) to the people of India Farmers’ agitation against the three agrarian laws of the Modi government has snow balled into a major political challenge to the regime. When important institutions of the state like the parliament, and the criminal justice system including judiciary have been systematically hollowed out, and opposition political parties[Read More…]

by December 30, 2020 India
Emerging Unity of Farmers and Workers Will Strengthen Our Democracy

Emerging Unity of Farmers and Workers Will Strengthen Our Democracy

After many distressing developments in the country some good news had to simply emerge during 2020 to end the year on a note of hope and it has finally emerged in the form of a growing unity of farmers and workers. This will strengthen our democracy and increase the ability of people to defend themselves and crucial national  interests from[Read More…]

by December 29, 2020 India
Is the farmers scared of the prime minister?

Is the farmers scared of the prime minister?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been continuously attacking the opposition regarding the ongoing farmers’ movement at the borders of the capital. He has constantly made accusations that the opposition is misleading the farmers against the three agri-laws to gain its lost political ground. Especially by showing them fear of losing their lands due to the new laws. Modi’s attack is[Read More…]

by December 29, 2020 India
Central acts will facilitate corporates

Central acts will facilitate corporates

Draft prepared ahead of round of talks scheduled for December 29, 2020   Note from the editor: In a recent response to an RTI plea filed by Jatin Desai, the central government revealed that it had no record of meetings or discussions with farmer associations ahead of finalizing the three new farm laws. The farmers on protest, however, seem deeply conscientious[Read More…]

by December 28, 2020 India
Kerala and Farmers: Modi’s Claim Refuted

Kerala and Farmers: Modi’s Claim Refuted

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the left parties did not implement APMC Act is firmly being refuted by Kerala government and farmer’s union. Prime Minister Narendra Modi while announcing PM-KISAN scheme questioned the opposition parties who have extended their support to the protesting farmers in Delhi but ignored the non-implementation of APMCs in states like Kerala. “The groups who[Read More…]

by December 28, 2020 India
Why Immediate Resolving of  Farmer Issues is A  Must—New Talks Bring Hope

Why Immediate Resolving of  Farmer Issues is A  Must—New Talks Bring Hope

New hopes of resolving the important issues raised by the farmers emerged on December 26, with both sides agreeing to restart of talks, after stalemate- like conditions had emerged following the breakdown of the earlier round of negotiations. Now this new opportunity of resolving the stand-off should be clinched, with the new year beginning on an optimistic note for the[Read More…]

by December 27, 2020 India
Farmers’ crusade against farm-harm Acts

Farmers’ crusade against farm-harm Acts

It is a threat to food security. It has potential to make owners of agriculture land up to five acres, slaves and sub-servants of corporate agricultural contractors. It deprives annadaatas of the State support. Illustration by DOMINIC XAVIER, Courtesy : Rediff.com The majority of population did not understand these simple consequences, so-called educated are refusing to apply their minds, but[Read More…]

by December 26, 2020 India
Growing Problems of Farmers of Punjab Should be Understood and Solved Carefully

Growing Problems of Farmers of Punjab Should be Understood and Solved Carefully

            As Punjab was selected for early introduction of green revolution and the accompanying investments and subsidies, and the state also receives more remittances from family members who work abroad or have settled there, there has been an exaggerated perception of farm-related prosperity in Punjab, while the reality for many of the small and marginal farmers has been that of[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 India
The Power of the Powerless… Rise of the Indian Farmer

The Power of the Powerless… Rise of the Indian Farmer

India being an agrarian economy owes its development progress and emergence at global level to the unquestionable devotion, extreme hard work and selfless service of its farming community in making India not only self-sufficient in food grains but also a surplus food grain country. The Indian farmers have hardly ever been involved in demonstrations, protests or major agitations over the[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 India
Many tales of corporate control over agriculture

Many tales of corporate control over agriculture

In 1991, when I was 12 years old and in 8th class in my village high school, the Government of India led by the Congress Party launched new economic reform programmes. I vividly remember reading local newspapers, which carried news on the reduction of agricultural subsidies on seeds, fertilisers, electricity and irrigation. It also started dismantling the universal approach to[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 India
Will good sense prevail in the government to arrive at a solution of the current farm crisis

Will good sense prevail in the government to arrive at a solution of the current farm crisis

The farmers’ protests against the three bills that have been passed by the government has now moved far beyond merely being farm bills. Fact of the matter is despite wide ranging support from different parts of the country, it is mainly a protest led and supported by the Sikhs wholeheartedly. Had it not been so, it would have been difficult[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 India
Resurgent India: Peasant farmers’ democracy

Resurgent India: Peasant farmers’ democracy

Does the multitude signal the birth pangs of change? The coalition of agricultural workers, marginal landholders, oppressed castes led by rich peasantry surrounding Delhi constitutes a counter-power. Coming alive and united in its opposition to the Farm Bills; a pan Indian gathering calling to account the dominant tyranny enthroned in Delhi and Nagpur. Camped on the highways leading to Delhi[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 India
The Regime’s Saga of Forced Marriages in Continuity:  Indian Democracy and Farm Laws

The Regime’s Saga of Forced Marriages in Continuity:  Indian Democracy and Farm Laws

“If among the band of robbers, knowledge of robbing is obligatory, is a pious man to accept the obligation? So long as the superstition that men should obey the unjust laws exists, so long the slavery will exist”- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Hind Swaraj, 1909) With the new ‘farm laws’ democratic India’s saga of forced marriages remains in continuity. India remains[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
Modi’s Agricultural Laws Even Denigrate The Bardoli Struggle Led By Sardar Patel

Modi’s Agricultural Laws Even Denigrate The Bardoli Struggle Led By Sardar Patel

The Indian Farm Reforms Laws of 2020 were rushed through the Parliament of India on 27 September 2020. The RSS-BJP government seemed to be in hurry to impose these laws as the same were promulgated by the President of India as ordinances on June 5, 2020 as part ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ (self-reliant India campaign); a favourite aphorism of PM Modi[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

A Comprehensive Analysis of Three Controversial Farm Laws

Introduction It is rare for any legislation to become the rallying point of such large-scale and prolonged opposition as the three farm laws enacted together this year in India have become. The biggest  farmers’ movement of recent times in India has emerged to protest against this ‘kala kanoon’ or black laws as these three laws have been repeatedly labeled by[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
Video Montages On The Historic Farmers’ Struggle

Video Montages On The Historic Farmers’ Struggle

I am Aniketh Brian Madhok from Kolkata, West Bengal, The Republic of India. I am 17 years old and in the 11th Grade. I would like to take this opportunity to present my work in support of the Farmers’ Agitation which is currently on-going in India as of December 2020. The following are my own SHORT YouTube clips on the[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 India
From Mass Agriculture to Corporatisation of Agriculture

From Mass Agriculture to Corporatisation of Agriculture

Modi and His Washington Masters in Dismantling of Agricultural Economy and Food Security in India The surge of wealth of Indian billionaires and the Modi led BJP government’s onslaught on poor, marginalised and farmers continue to grow simultaneously as masses face annihilating pandemic of Coronavirus. There is 90 % rise of Indian billionaire’s wealth over last one decade. It is[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 India
Illustration by Dominic Xavier : Courtesy : Rediff. com

Leading  economists of India support  the farmers’ demand to repeal the Farm Acts

Ten leading  economists of India wrote a letter to the Union government and supported the farmers’ demand to repeal the Farm Acts. The letter dated December 17, 2020 is as follows: To Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India. Dear Sir, Sub: Serious concerns from economists regarding the recent Farm Acts, which merit[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Make Successful Farmers’ Struggle and Defeat the pro-Corporate Policies of BJP

Statement of POP in solidarity with farmers struggle Last 25 days thousands of Farmers are protesting at the Delhi border along with their wives and children in the coldest winters of Delhi against the anti- farmer laws and the electricity bill enacted by the BJP central government. These laws are(1) the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act,[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 India
Trust Issue with MSP

Trust Issue with MSP

It would perhaps not be incorrect to say that the overview of the recently passed farm bills is to say that the farmers, rotting in the clutches of the APMCs, will now finally be liberated by the corporates. Seemingly, the farmers in this country will now have wings to fly, out in an open market, exercising choices. But what have[Read More…]

by December 20, 2020 India
Reforms Which Can Help to Improve Crop Procurement Significantly

Reforms Which Can Help to Improve Crop Procurement Significantly

Procurement of various crops from farmers at a fair price by the government is an integral part of the farm and food system of India. This can be reformed in various ways—reducing costs while improving income of farmers and overall food security. When various crops are being harvested in a village, the government should procure a part of the staple[Read More…]

by December 20, 2020 India
New farm laws will impoverish rural India, eventually lead to collapse of PDS

New farm laws will impoverish rural India, eventually lead to collapse of PDS

All sections of society — farmers, agricultural labourers, small shopkeepers — must oppose the new farm laws and hold the central government accountable for trying to jeopardise the country’s food security. Farmers across the country are agitating in a single voice for the rollback of the recently enacted farm laws. The new laws have the potential to restructure Indian agriculture[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Farmer Protests: Why government need to pay heed to our food producers?

Farmer protests throughout the country have now been going on for quite a while without any ending in the sight. These protests came into force when government introduced 3 new farm bills: Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services; Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill. Government’s rationale behind[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
Sikh priest’s suicide exposes double speak of the ruling BJP and its apologists

Sikh priest’s suicide exposes double speak of the ruling BJP and its apologists

The recent death of Baba Ram Singh, who shot himself in protest against the repression of agitating farmers in India, has revealed the true colours of those in power. Singh was associated with the Sikh sect of Nanaksar in Karnal, Haryana. On Wednesday, December 16, he shot himself dead, leaving behind a suicide note explaining the reason behind his action.[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 India
Health and Wealth in India – Farmers’ Lives Matter

Health and Wealth in India – Farmers’ Lives Matter

To appreciate what is happening to agriculture and farmers in India, we must first understand how the development paradigm has been subverted. Development used to be about breaking with colonial exploitation and radically redefining power structures. Today, neoliberal dogma masquerades as economic theory and the subsequent deregulation of international capital ensures giant transnational conglomerates are able to ride roughshod over[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Two Tales of Farmers’ Agitation: Gandhi’s Against the British & Farmers’ Against Modi

Two Tales of Farmers’ Agitation: Gandhi’s Against the British & Farmers’ Against Modi

It was in 1917 that Gandhiji visited Bihar for the first time. He was pursued and persuaded by one Raj Kumar Shukla, a peasant from Champaran, to come to the rescue of the peasants against their exploitation by the British planters under the ‘Teen Kathiya system’. The peasants in Champaran were forced to cultivate indigo in three kathas out of[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Protesting Farmers And Workers Cannot Be Dismissed

Protesting Farmers And Workers Cannot Be Dismissed

US president Trump dismissed Christopher Krebs, director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Reason? Krebs had disputed Trump’s contention that the presidential election had fraudulent ballots and software glitches that changed millions of votes. Krebs spoke his “truth”, which did not match president Trump’s “truth”. Krebs paid the price by losing his job. In our country in recent[Read More…]

by December 18, 2020 India
Farmers In The Short Run And The Long Run

Farmers In The Short Run And The Long Run

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by December 17, 2020 Arts/Literature
Farm Bills, Farmer resistance and Livelihoods

Farm Bills, Farmer resistance and Livelihoods

India is witnessing the farmer protests which is being described as the largest protest in history. Delhi has become the epicenter of the protests with protests by farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh. About 1.2 million farmers are said to have thronged to the capital or in Singhur border along with about 96 thousand tractors. About 500 farm[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 India
Wider Implications of Controversial Farm Laws Also Need Attention

Wider Implications of Controversial Farm Laws Also Need Attention

There have been widespread and prolonged protests by farmers against three controversial farm laws enacted this year in a great hurry in India , the primary reason being that these are widely perceived by protesting farmers to be against their interests. This has been widely discussed, but it is necessary to look also at some of the wider implications of[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 India
Farmers’ Agitation: A Conspiracy Going Around Delhi, As Modi Says Or …?  

Farmers’ Agitation: A Conspiracy Going Around Delhi, As Modi Says Or …?  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dec 15 Tuesday said that a conspiracy is going around Delhi. The PM was speaking at the inauguration of mega energy projects in Kutch, in his home state Gujarat. The PM’s statement came even as the farmers’ agitation across the country entered its 20th day. Five rounds of talks between the government and the farmers[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
Farmers’ Struggle Gathers Momentum

Farmers’ Struggle Gathers Momentum

I simply do not have an adjective in the dictionary to sum up the intensity of the farmers resistance in Delhi. History continues to be re-written like an inextinguishable light. It is reminiscent of a protracted war launched by an army against unflinching odds, confronting the enemy in the very belly. Each and every day it is further consolidating. With[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
A Kind Heart is Needed to Resolve Issues of Farmers, Workers and Troubled Fellow-Citizens, Not A 56 Inch Chest

A Kind Heart is Needed to Resolve Issues of Farmers, Workers and Troubled Fellow-Citizens, Not A 56 Inch Chest

In democracies leaders are called upon time and again to resolve protests of people. In fact this is a primary responsibility of democratically elected leaders and the sense of responsibility should be all the greater for leaders who have received  enormous respect and trust of people, like a leader like Shri Narendra Modi of India. Time and again people of[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 India
So that India does not become a hypocritical nation!

So that India does not become a hypocritical nation!

Since the beginning of the farmers’ agitation against the three new agri-laws, there has been a series of allegations and counter-allegations between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and opposition parties. The pace and volume of allegations and counter-allegations between the government and the opposition increased significantly after the opposition actively supported the Bharat Bandh called by the farmers’[Read More…]

by December 15, 2020 India
Media continues to malign Farmers’ Protests

Media continues to malign Farmers’ Protests

  Instead of listening to the grievances of the farmers and objectively reporting the concerns raised during more than half a month-long farmers’ demonstrations being held around the areas in and around the national capital Delhi, the media is busy maligning them. The pages of newspapers are filled with the negative stories and anti-farmers opinion pieces. The farmers continue to[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Oh! These kisans!!!

Oh! These kisans!!!

These kisans are an ungracious lot. What a bunch of ignorant fools! We give them concessions. They say they need rights. We offer Ambani’s bazaar. They prefer mandis. We offer Adani warehouses. They prefer MSP. We pass bills without asking. They pass resolutions that jolt us. We praise Kisans are good for country. They troll us in wedding songs. We[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 Arts/Literature
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Immediately Repeal Three Farm Laws, Withdraw Cases, Lift Dharna; Then Have Wide-Ranging Democratic Debate

It is inexplicable why the union government is taking so long to resolve an issue which is  so simple to resolve . Millions and millions of people including farmers put their faith in wisdom of Narendra Modi in the last general elections; he was without doubt the biggest vote catcher for the BJP and the NDA. This faith is now[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Repeal three agriculture laws

Repeal three agriculture laws

Jan Adhikar Mancha supports the ongoing farmers’ movement. Mancha condemns state repression and false propaganda against the movement From the very first day of the call of “Delhi Chalo” programme of the All Indian Kishan Sangarsha Samiti to the observation of International Human Rights day of 10 December, we have been observing the  Goebbelsean  propaganda of  misinformation and disinformation  unleashed[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Indian Farmers’ protest is inching towards a ‘Movement’

The Indian rightist government, intoxicated by its power induced due to number of seats occupied by its party in the Lower House of Parliament which enabled it to form the government without the need for a political alliance, has assumed power to be absolute. Although it has a dummy alliance under the umbrella named as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA),[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
Farmer Protests: No solution in sight?

Farmer Protests: No solution in sight?

The Modi government is facing one of the strongest oppositions since it came to power. And it is not from its biggest rival Congress. Rather it is from the people that Modi government promised to make the life easy for- the farmers of India. The seeds of this massive protest were laid on 27th September 2020 when the president gave[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 India
We The People Will Win… Recalling A Victory

We The People Will Win… Recalling A Victory

Government is on the backfoot with determined farmers, especially from the northern states, protesting peacefully against the Farm Laws. They are joined by farmers and workers countrywide. Whatever the official obfuscations, this is a People’s agitation/ protest against laws which they well understand will do them harm. In present times, barring ritual voting in elections, the will of We the[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Farmers’ Protest: A National Satyagraha

Farmers’ Protest: A National Satyagraha

‘Sarkar ki asli majburi; ambani, adani, jamakhori’ (The Compulsions of the government is Ambani, Adani and hoarding cum corruption). This is the  slogan that the protesting farmers are raising these days in the course of their nationwide struggle for their dignity and rights. Though very brief, but this slogan expediently and succinctly captures the issue, the farmers are foregrounding. On[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Does RSS Have A Positive Agrarian Policy?

In the context of a massive farmer agitation to protect the agrarian productive mass self-respect and future of their age old occupation, it is important to see whether the ruling Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideology has any scope for developing agriculture as against its pro-business ideology. If one looks at the policy documents of the RSS right from 1925 it’s Cultural[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 India
Farmer Protests Expose Nexus Between Rulers and Corporates

Farmer Protests Expose Nexus Between Rulers and Corporates

Enlarged farmers’ protests at Delhi that succeeded in mustering active support from adjoining states have forced the Modi government to leave its earlier stand that the Farm Act would bring ‘bonanza’ for the farmers. And in a way of confessing its error, the government has come down with a negotiating proposal for amending the Acts. But by exhibiting trust-deficit in[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 India
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Message from Women’s Movement to Farmers

Today women and men in the farmers’ struggle are standing shoulder to shoulder at the Delhi borders. This movement is a symbol in the history of India—a symbol of freedom, of voices, of ideas, of protests, of slogans, of resolutions. This is not just a farmers’ struggle; it is a joint campaign of all of us, of children, women and[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 India
The New Farm Laws: A Critique and a way forward

The New Farm Laws: A Critique and a way forward

It is not every day that one needs a doctor, a lawyer, a policemen or a priest, but everyday, three times a day, you need a farmer. Farmers are not a homogenous community. There are caste and class differences because, among land-owning farmers, the socio-economic spectrum of farmers is huge. At one end are wealthy, university-educated farmers with large land-holdings,[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Standing with Farmers in Solidarity by CSOs

Standing with Farmers in Solidarity by CSOs

New farm bill 2020:  Why farmers are protesting? Farmers from several Indian states are protesting against three new Agriculture Reforms Acts, that the government says will open up the tightly-controlled agriculture sector to free-market forces. It is claimed that the bills, passed by India’s parliament make it easier for farmers to sell their produce directly to private buyers and enter[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
How Growing Corporatization Has Harmed Farmers and Farming

How Growing Corporatization Has Harmed Farmers and Farming

The most prominent feature of world farming in recent decades has been that of growing corporate control, and this has often been at the expense and interests of farmers. It is important to understand the wide-ranging adverse implications of this  corporatization of farming for the sustainability of farming systems, for the welfare of ordinary farmers and for food-security of the[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
Building narrative to discredit farmers movement dangerous and will never succeed

Building narrative to discredit farmers movement dangerous and will never succeed

As the farmers protest has grown powerful and looking for a long haul, the BJP as well as its ‘information network’ has gone overboard to discredit them. Whatever things happen at the ground, the social media trolls and disinformation has its impact even if we deny them or mock at them. Travelling in the train from Uttar Pradesh give you[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
I Proudly Say My Roots Are In The Farms

I Proudly Say My Roots Are In The Farms

They didn’t raise their voice And we called them under privileged By our own choice Do you eat food? Of course, from when you were born But today you are being unjust With the ones that provide. A doctor, a teacher and even a parent, We need them but not all the time, A farmer, we just cannot do without.[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 Arts/Literature
 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Women in the Kisan Andolan and the Niche They Carve

Delhi right now is witnessing an unprecedented outburst of long suppressed agony and muffled voice of the Indian farmers. The protest that started in August 2020 against the three Agricultural Laws bring forth by the NDA government is projecting a shift in its vigor and valor since this November 25th, when the farmers from Punjab and Haryana have decided to[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 India
RSS affiliate backs protesting farmers, says new Acts only favour companies

RSS affiliate backs protesting farmers, says new Acts only favour companies

In fact “these people ( the bureaucrats ) have even made the Prime Minister give wrong statements about the Acts,” says leader of  BKS.  It shows how the State functions and ruling politicians have to toe the line and sell it to the public. It bulldozes any dissent, even if it is from its own camp.   Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
Over Hundred Veterans Issue Statement In Support Of Farmers

Over Hundred Veterans Issue Statement In Support Of Farmers

1. Armed Forces Veterans are closely following the unfolding situation of the farmer’s peaceful agitation to repeal the three laws passed by Parliament. We are also aware that workers across sectors have supported the demands of farmers, in addition to peacefully raising objections to amended labour laws. 2. The purpose of this statement is to inform protesting farmers that Armed[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
Massive All India Response To Bharat Bandh Call Of Farmers’ Organisations

Massive All India Response To Bharat Bandh Call Of Farmers’ Organisations

~ Complete Bandh in some states, huge protests all over India ~ More than 50 Lac people participate in 20,000 places to make Bharat Bandh Successful ~ All Sections of common working class people and white-collar workers join Bandh; city streets and markets deserted ~ Organised and Unorganised Sector workers involved in supporting Bandh; Daily wagers sacrifice to make Bandh[Read More…]

For the progress of the country, corporate economy must be reined in

For the progress of the country, corporate economy must be reined in

(Report of the Virtual Meet of All India Peoples Front held on 5.12.2020) In order to save the corporate economy undergoing a period of deep economic crisis, the Modi government legislated three anti-farmer acts by passing them in a highly undemocratic manner in Parliament. Similarly, by creating anti-worker Labour Code, all the rights acquired after long struggles have been trampled. Even provision has[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
Undue Delay by the Union Government in Accepting the Key Demands of Farmers’ Movement is Harmful for Everyone

Undue Delay by the Union Government in Accepting the Key Demands of Farmers’ Movement is Harmful for Everyone

There is growing unease at the inexplicable delay on the part of the union government in accepting the well-justified demands of the farmers’ movement. It is by now widely recognized that the three controversial farm laws are not justified and were somehow pushed through with undue hurry. The government representatives have already accepted the need for several amendments and the[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
AIKSCC Calls For Mass Protests On Bharat Bandh Tomorrow

AIKSCC Calls For Mass Protests On Bharat Bandh Tomorrow

AIKSCC APPEALS FOR SUPPORT & SOLIDARITY WITH “BHARAT BANDH” ON DECEMBER 8 – CALLS FOR MASS PROTESTS BY ALL DEMOCRATIC & PROGRESSIVE MASS ORGANISATIONS, TRADE UNIONS, TRADERS, ASSOCIATIONS & GUILDS This is an appeal from All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) to all democratic & progressive mass organisations across India including trade unions, students’ organisations, women’s organisations, teachers’ organisations,[Read More…]

NAPM Supports The Bharat Bandh On 8th December

NAPM Supports The Bharat Bandh On 8th December

Withdraw the 3 Pro-Corporate, Anti-Farmer Laws:   Uphold Farmers Sovereignty Over Agriculture Historic Farmers Resistance is a Struggle to Reclaim Democracy from Fascists National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM) expresses its complete solidarity with ongoing farmers’ nation-wide protests and endorses the Bharat Bandh on 8th December. The call has come after several rounds of failed negotiation between the protesting farmers in[Read More…]

Support the Bharat Bandh on December 8, 2020

Support the Bharat Bandh on December 8, 2020

Oppose the Modi Government’s farm laws meant to favour the big business and buttress the Centre’s autocracy The UCCRI(M-L) supports the call for a Bharath Bandh on December 8, 2020 given by the various farmers’ organizations to oppose the Modi Government’s farm laws. These farm laws are meant to favour big business houses to enter into production and distribution of[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 India
11 Significant Reasons Why Government Should Entirely Rule Out  Use of Force in Dealing With Ongoing Farmer Protest

11 Significant Reasons Why Government Should Entirely Rule Out  Use of Force in Dealing With Ongoing Farmer Protest

On December 5 the 5th round of talks of farmers’ representatives  with the government in Delhi  was not successful, but the situation was redeemed somewhat by a statement made by the Union Agriculture Minister at the end of the 5 hour talks. Speaking in a very gentle voice he told media persons that he would like to thank farmer leaders[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
Punjab Peasantry re-writes history in Delhi

Punjab Peasantry re-writes history in Delhi

The peasantry of Punjab belonging to 32 different organisations of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Commitee have literally written a new chapter in history after igniting a spark into a Prairie fire. Arguably in the entire world has a farmers movement hit such a crescendo. There is hardly a adjective in the dictionary that can do justice to the[Read More…]

by December 6, 2020 India
In Support of the Farmer’s Movement

In Support of the Farmer’s Movement

We, the Core Group members of the Vikalp Sangam, stand in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ protests for the repeal of the newly enacted farm laws – The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. We[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 India
5 Crucial Reasons Why the Farmers’ Movement, Despite its Limitations, Deserves Wide Support

5 Crucial Reasons Why the Farmers’ Movement, Despite its Limitations, Deserves Wide Support

The movement of farmers, with its epicenter on the borders of the capital city but also having manifestations in many parts of the country, has attracted widespread attention. This is clearly a very important movement. It is attracting a large number of farmers and getting strong material and emotional support from several sections of society. However attracting a large number[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 India
Farmers’ Movement – An Itching Quandary for the Central Government

Farmers’ Movement – An Itching Quandary for the Central Government

The farmer is the provider of food (Anndata) to the world, but in today’s system, he often has a craving for grains. People thrive in towns and cities using his earnings, but only disasters come in his share. The crop dries due to droughts. Floods submerge fields. But a big disaster over these two comes when the price of the[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 India
We, the farmers of this country…

We, the farmers of this country…

You shove us, you beat us, you bury us alive. Yet we, the farmers of this country are reborn like that one resolute corn plant. You cringe, you grin, you plead for our votes and notes. If WE made you win, WE can make you fall too! We’re the fields, we, the crops, then why are we the prisoners of[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 Arts/Literature
Respect The Democratic Right Of Protest, Repeal The Recent Anti-Farmer Legislations

Respect The Democratic Right Of Protest, Repeal The Recent Anti-Farmer Legislations

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties is committed to the defence and promotion of civil liberties in India, irrespective of differences regarding the political and economic institutions that maybe suitable for the country. The aim of the PUCL is clearly to uphold and promote by peaceful means the democratic way of life throughout India. To us it is an article[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Farmer Protests Questions Indian State’s Neo-liberal Policies

Farmer Protests Questions Indian State’s Neo-liberal Policies

Ongoing farmer protests that turn into an encirclement of New Delhi, the power-center are no longer confined to the securing of assurance of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat and rice in Punjab and Haryana. They have sharpened the sting against Indian policies of neo-liberalism. These policies have already led to the finance-capital control and privatization of health and education[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
21 Compelling Reasons Why the Modi Government Should Accept the Demand for Repealing the Three Farm Laws

21 Compelling Reasons Why the Modi Government Should Accept the Demand for Repealing the Three Farm Laws

On Saturday December 5 the Government of India is scheduled to hold the 5th round of talks with protesting farmers’ movements. There are at least 21 compelling reasons why the government should accept the main demand of farmers for repealing the three controversial laws. These reasons relate mainly to the fact that acceptance of this key demand will be good[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
It Takes Courage To Admit Error: Repealing the new Farm Laws

It Takes Courage To Admit Error: Repealing the new Farm Laws

The Agricultural Trade and Commerce Act, Farmers Price Assurance Act and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act were enacted by the Union Government in October 2020. These laws have triggered nationwide protests, which include huge participation of women farmers. They believe that these laws will make them vulnerable to exploitation by corporations, erode their bargaining power, and weaken government’s MSP system, putting[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 Uncategorized
Indian farmers challenge return of ‘Company Raj’

Indian farmers challenge return of ‘Company Raj’

The ongoing siege of the national capital New Delhi by hundreds of thousands of farmers represents, perhaps, the biggest revolt against ‘Company Raj’ since India’s First War of Independence way back in 1857. While a century and half ago it was the rapacious British East India Company that was the target of the Indian masses this time their ire today[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
Me Too Khalistani

Me Too Khalistani

Ever since the Punjab farmers’ agitation has picked up in India, the followers of the currently ruling right wing Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have started labelling the agitators as separatists. Since the famers from Punjab are predominantly Sikhs, Modi’s troll army and some of his apologists in Bollywood have begun attacking them on social media,[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 India
Canadian Prime minister’s statement on farmer protest is not an interference in our internal matters

Canadian Prime minister’s statement on farmer protest is not an interference in our internal matters

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has supported the farmers’ peaceful democratic protest in Delhi and hoped that a solution would be found out. Now, this has ‘hurt’ the sentiments of ‘liberal’ ‘deshbhakts’ and they have started questioning Canada’s locus standi on the issue. A great editor even tweeted how Canada, which is ‘inconsequential’ for world politics matter for India.[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 India
Yes, The Three Controversial Farm Laws Should be Scrapped, But We Also Need to Look Beyond This

Yes, The Three Controversial Farm Laws Should be Scrapped, But We Also Need to Look Beyond This

An important farmers’ movement has emerged in India around the opposition to the three recent controversial farm legislations which are widely alleged to advance corporate interests at the expense of jeopardizing a fair deal to farmers. This has support of many important farmers’ organizations and in addition sections of other social movements have also extended support to the demand for[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 India
The corporatisation of agriculture a death knell for farmers

The corporatisation of agriculture a death knell for farmers

The #FarmersProtest has brought into limelight the dangers of ‘corporatisation’ of agriculture which the farmers organisations know but our ‘economists’ sponsored and funded by big companies continue to provide us ‘data’ of the efficacy of the ‘private sector’. The three bills that the farmers are protesting, particularly from Punjab and Haryana will actually bring death knell to the Minimum Support[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 India
Hindi Press demonizes farmers’ protest, brands them Khalistani terrorists

Hindi Press demonizes farmers’ protest, brands them Khalistani terrorists

While the farmers continue to hold demonstrations near the national capital against the recently-enacted Farm Laws that have facilitated the entry of big corporate players in the agricultural sector, several Hindi newspapers are busy demonizing the movement and linking it to the Khalistani terrorists. Several narratives are being constructed by the media to portray the Farmers’ Protests as unruly, violent,[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Condemn police repression on protesting farmers

Condemn police repression on protesting farmers

PUDR condemns the Haryana Government and the Police for filing cases against farmers protesting against the three farmers and Electricity Act. As per various news reports, Haryana Police have registered cases at Sadar Ambala PS, Baldev Nagar Ambala PS and Dabwali PS against Bhartiya Kisan Union and other farmers’ organizations for allegedly breaking police checkpoints and entering Haryana during the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
Farmers Protests- A test of People’s Power vs State Power

Farmers Protests- A test of People’s Power vs State Power

After the anti CAA protest at Saheen Bagah in Delhi, the farmers protest is the second protest in Delhi that is currently underway in 2020. Thousands of farmers from Haryana and Punjab have marched towards Delhi to press the central government to repeal the recently enacted farm laws. They are stopped at Haryana Delhi border by the Delhi police using[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 India
 Farm Bills: The Great North Indian Famine Enclosure

 Farm Bills: The Great North Indian Famine Enclosure

With Farm Bills rammed through Parliament, the ethnic majoritarian ‘sarkar’, the deep state and elites have initiated another covert attack to dismantle the subsistence economy of rural India.  Instead of focusing on poverty reduction measures these enactments facilitate the accumulation of profits by the agro industry monopolies. Without Government intervention and support direct income of the peasant farmer is reduced,[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 India
How much exploitation does Narendra Modi’s popularity cost?

How much exploitation does Narendra Modi’s popularity cost?

Co-Written by Annesha Mukherjee & Satyaki Dasgupta The popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw a rise according to India Today’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll. Similar results were also observed in Gaon Connection-Lok Niti-CSDS survey. Some of the economic policies that his popular government has introduced since the advent of COVID-19 include three Bills on agricultural market reforms, three[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 India
Farmers’ Own Middlemen

Farmers’ Own Middlemen

Three new farm Acts were recently introduced in the country. The most important of these, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 is aimed at putting an end to the monopoly of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) mandis. Earlier, under the 1964 APMC Act, all the farmers were required to sell their produce at the Government-regulated mandis.[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 India
Farm Reform Act Far from Farmers

Farm Reform Act Far from Farmers

Amid aggressive protest by the members of the opposition, the Rajya Sabha passed three farm Bills on 20th Sept 2020 by voice vote which were earlier approved by the Lok Sabha. After the approval of the President of India all these three Bills have been the acts for implementation. Those who are not connected to farming argue that the introduction[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 India
Punjab Bandh: Masses of Punjab write a new chapter in resistance against farm reform bills

Punjab Bandh: Masses of Punjab write a new chapter in resistance against farm reform bills

The state of Punjab rose to the occasion in resurrecting the spirit of immortal martyr Bhagat Singh on September 28th.Commemoration conferences or rallies engulfed the whole state shimmering the spark of the ideology of Bhagat Singh in context of the Imperialist policies enslaving the whole population. It is ironical that the homage assemblies coincided with one of the most impactful[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 India
Why India needs a rural uprising

Why India needs a rural uprising

“Today, the villages are dung heaps. Tomorrow they will be like tiny gardens of Eden where dwell highly intelligent folk whom no one can deceive or exploit”. Mahatma Gandhi, writing in the Harijan in November 1946   Of all the dreams that Mahatma Gandhi projected for India’s future, none was shattered as cruelly as his wish to make it a[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
Rally against fascism and attacks on the rights of farmers under Modi held in Canada

Rally against fascism and attacks on the rights of farmers under Modi held in Canada

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a demonstration to oppose growing state violence in India, on Sunday, September 27 in Surrey. Bhagat Singh was a towering revolutionary who fought against the British occupation of India and stood for an egalitarian and just society. He strongly believed in secularism and[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 India
Farm Bills: Media depicts opposition as unruly, toes government’s line

Farm Bills: Media depicts opposition as unruly, toes government’s line

  The Farm Bills – which pave the way for private companies to buy farmers’ produce and go for contract-farming- have been vigorously opposed by the opposition parties and the farmers. While covering the issue, the mainstream media, particularly the Hindi press, not only largely ignored the concerns of the opposition parties but also pliantly toed the government’s line. Worse[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 India
New laws will steal food from the plates of Indian farmers

New laws will steal food from the plates of Indian farmers

India is seeing multiple protests by its farmers, citizens and lawmakers. People are coming out on the streets as  they are no longer afraid of the pandemic, but are more threatened by the new laws that the Indian parliament is imposing on them. While the ruling party pleads that each of these laws are aimed at welfare of the people,[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 India
The tomato field

The tomato field

There is a tomato field that is sorrowful to the universe unable to lament though it doesn’t yet know that the farmer is dead.   The dust on the field grew wings in the wind and looking for its owner settled down across the river and the mountain valley.   The ripe tomatoes that incite the outer reaches of the[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 Arts/Literature
Farmers Protest Across India Against Anti-Farmer Laws

Farmers Protest Across India Against Anti-Farmer Laws

Protests were held across the country today after the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by farmer organisations against the Farm Bills. The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, have been passed by both Houses and await[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Uphold the Constitutional Right of Farmers to Protest

Uphold the Constitutional Right of Farmers to Protest

For the last one week thousands of farmers in several parts of India have been protesting against three farm reform bills that were finally passed by the ruling party in parliament on 21 September. More agitations are expected as many farmers see the new legislation as inimical to their interests and the future of farming in the country. Peaceful protests[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 India
Farm Bills: Punjab Farmers Rise Up In Anger

Farm Bills: Punjab Farmers Rise Up In Anger

Punjab Farmers Movement reaches a crescendo in shimmering spark of resistance against Agricultural Land Ordinances and preparation for bandh on September 25th One of the most intense agitations in recent times has ignited in the state of Punjab on the issue of Agricultural land ordinances by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan)There is hardly an adjective to do justice to the[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 India
Lynching of democracy in India

Lynching of democracy in India

Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi is a consummated practitioner of remorseless Hindutva politics of hate. He does not spare a moment to capture the headlines with his diversionary tactics, which makes him as one of the sharpest managers of media and prime master of propaganda. The Hindutva propaganda machine with the organisational network of RSS is erasing the idea of India[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India
Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

Farmers Bills: Are They, Boon or Bane?

A central legislation ‘Essential Commodities Act, 1955’ was enacted with a main objective to prohibit hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities which may obstruct the supply and have an adverse effect on the normal life of the people. The other objective was to provide the essential commodities to its consumers at fair prices. The prices of essential commodities are[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 India